Thursday, February 7, 2013

Just To Know: Smart Thermstat & and Forced Monitering Systems

Day One: First, answer a few basic questions. After that, Nest will optimize itself for your system and start learning from your temperature changes.

Day Two: Only 11% of programmable thermostats are programmed to save energy, but Nest remembers the temperatures you like and builds a schedule for you. It’s so simple that 99% of Nests have schedules.
Nest saves the most when you teach it well.

Day Six: With Auto-Away™, Nest automatically turns to an energy-efficient Away temperature when you’re gone. Auto-Away works in 90% of homes, even if your Nest is in a spot you don't pass on your way out the door

Day Seven: Use the Nest Mobile app to connect to your thermostat from a smartphone. Getting in early? Change the temperature miles from home.

Day Eight: The Nest Leaf™ appears when you're saving energy. Changing the temperature just one degree can cut your energy use up to 5%. The Leaf guides you in the right direction

Day Twelve:
By now, Nest has made a schedule for your home that’s helping you save energy. Change the temperature a few days in a row and Nest will catch on, but one-off adjustments won’t confuse it.
Want to refine your schedule? You can edit it in seconds on Nest or remotely using your Nest account.
Day Thirty: Now you can see exactly when Nest was on in your home. Turn the temp down from 70° to 68°, then check Energy History the next day. You’ll see how much energy you saved and why.
Want the big picture? We’ll email you a monthly Energy Report with a summary of your energy use and tips to help you save.
Day Ninety: Now that summer’s here, it’s time to switch from heating to cooling. Nest will start building a new schedule, just like it did in your first week.
As you turn on cooling, Nest’s Airwave™ technology can cut your AC runtime up to 30%.
Day Three Hundred Sixty-Five: Auto-Schedule makes it easy to create an energy efficient schedule that can help you save up to 20% on your heating and cooling bills. All Nest's features combined can get you even bigger savings.
But What Is Not Nice?
Two Naperville mothers were arrested today in conjunction with the forced installation of smart meters. NSMA President, Kim Bendis and Board Member, Jen Stahl were arrested today during a forced installation at Jen’s home.
Yes, Thats Not So Nice.
A smart meter is usually an electrical meter that records consumption of electric energy in intervals of an hour or less and communicates that information at least daily back to the utility for monitoring and billing purposes. Smart meters enable two-way communication between the meter and the central system. Unlike home energy monitors, smart meters can gather data for remote reporting. Such an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) differs from traditional automatic meter reading (AMR) in that it enables two-way communications with the meter.
What They Are Supposed To Do?
Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) are systems that measure, collect, and analyze energy usage, and communicate with metering devices such as electricity meters, gas meters, heat meters, and water meters, either on request or on a schedule. These systems include hardware, software, communications, consumer energy displays and controllers, customer associated systems, Meter Data Management (MDM) software, and supplier business systems.
The network between the measurement devices and business systems allows collection and distribution of information to customers, suppliers, utility companies, and service providers. This enables these businesses to participate in demand response services. Consumers can use information provided by the system to change their normal consumption patterns to take advantage of lower prices. Pricing can be used to curb growth of peak consumption.
AMI differs from traditional automatic meter reading (AMR) in that it enables two-way communications with the meter. Systems only capable of meter readings do not qualify as AMI systems.
Most health concerns about the meters arise from the pulsed radiofrequency (RF) radiation emitted by wireless smart meters.
Privacy concerns focus upon the collection of detailed energy data from customers, the accessibility of that data through the utility and possibly, at the site of the meter as well as the potential for sharing of this energy data without the knowledge or desire of customers.These concerns have been rather less for small North American utilities run by towns (public power districts) or rural electric co-operatives which have achieved about three times more penetration of these technologies with less resistance.
Most security concerns center on the inherent hack-ability of wireless technology, combined with the remotely controllable "kill switch" incorporated into smart meters. Others have accused agencies of hiding smart meter plans under the term "smart grid" to avoid public input and obtain approval.
Reviews of smart meter programs, moratoriums, delays, and "opt-out" programs are some of the responses arising in response to the concerns of customers and government officials.
 In response to concerns and a lawsuit, in June 2012 a utility in Hawaii changed their smart meter program to "opt in"
After receiving numerous complaints about health, hacking, and privacy concerns with the wireless digital devices, the Public Utility Commission of the US state of Maine voted to allow customers to opt out of the meter change at a cost of $12 a month. In Connecticut, another US state to consider smart metering recently, regulators declined a request by the state's largest utility, Connecticut Light & Power, to install 1.2 million of the devices, arguing that the potential savings in electric bills do not justify the cost. CL&P already offers its customers time-based rates.

Creating a climate of controversy around smart meters and the radiation they emit.
Dr. Vini Khurana, a neurosurgeon at the Australian National University Medical School states:

"A wireless smart meter produces radiofrequency microwave radiation with two antennas in approximately the same frequency range (900 MHz to 2.4 GHz) as a typical cell tower. But, depending on how close it is to occupied space within a home, a smart meter can cause much higher RF exposures than cell towers commonly do."

 "Adverse neurological effects have been reported in people who sustain close proximity to wireless meters, especially under 10 feet."

• Emits radiation 40 times higher than Wi-Fi

The BioInitiative Report 2012: Chronic exposure (24/7) to low level wireless technologies is highly detrimental to our health. Autism, Fetal Exposure, Fertility, Alzheimer's Disease and other neurological and autoimmune disease effects are linked to these exposures.

Some experts claim exposure to smart meters may be more detrimental to health than exposure to cell phones, cordless phones, and Wi-Fi. What the studies do tell us is that the adverse biological effects are cumulative, so smart meter radiation adds to the other sources of electropollution in the environment.

 Customers lodged complaints about their health ranging from nausea and dizziness to heart palpitations, headaches, tinnitus, and insomnia.